What is Paediatric Dentistry?
Dental professionals caring for children's oral health
Paediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with preventive and therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through to adolescence, and especially for those with special needs. It includes management of orofacial problems related to medical, behavioural, physical and developmental disabilities.
Like all specialty areas of dentistry, paediatric dentistry falls within the scope of the General Dentist, the Dental Therapist, and the Oral Health Therapist. While many general dental practitioners may have developed high level skills and expertise in the management of children’s oral health, only registered specialists in Paediatric Dentistry may refer to themselves as a Paediatric Dentist.